Hotel Petra Bianca
What We Love
- Panoramic views of the bay of Cala di Volpe from the pool, restaurant and Superior room balconies
- Carefully tended gardens preserve the lush beauty of the surrounding hillside
- Lovely deck by the adult pool and adjacent children's pool
What To Know
- Liscia Ruja beach is white, sandy and gorgeous, but a (free) 5-minute shuttle ride away
- There are tennis courts and a famous golf course very nearby
- It's five miles to the nearest town, Porto Cervo
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Though it looks down on a bay full of luxury yachts on the nightclub-studded Costa Smeralda, this boutique hotel manages to be charming, unpretentious and peaceful, with just 48 rooms and suites on a verdant Sardinian hillside. The rooms — most with sea views — nod to Med design with whitewashed wood, hand-painted headboards and an airy white palette with pops of cobalt blue. The refined restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, and the piano bar’s ocean views are so stunning, even locals frequent it at sunset.
In the Area
It’s named for the area’s white stone, but this hotel is really all about the sea — try a different beach each day, from pink-and-white Capriccioli to shallow, family-friendly Romazzino to the Aga Khan’s favorite, the Spiaggia Del Principe Beach. At night, head to Porto Cervo for shopping in the Passeggiata (Prada and Cartier both have outposts here alongside local legend Cascella), followed by carousing in the clubs.
How to Get There
Booking a 4+ means Service everywhere any time- within our stay this was definitely not fulfilled-
Arrival reception not really friendly- you have to wait until internal conversations have been finished-
Breakfast, the view is great but scramble eggs.... you have to pay- if you want to order coffee after 2 minutes when the buffet is closed - you will get a No!! no intention to serve the guest
Room was big air condition noisy !
Door to the balcony broken not able to close it-afterwards not able to open it
Towels for the beach not available!!’
Check-out nobody was asking us if we enjoyed our stay-
First and last time there- way to expensive and for sure not 4+
Chose the hotel for 2 nights of my stay in Sardinia based on location and previous reviews. The location is excellent for exploring the beaches of the Costa Smeralda but be advised that a car is essential as the hotel is at the top of a hill and quite a distance from anything else.
First impressions were great, the hotel is presented very well with nice decor and landscaping. Free car parking also. The hotel interior is lovely with pale colours and marble and stone making it very airy and clean feeling. Check in at reception was ok. Noticed immediately that you could hear a pin drop. No lobby music. No bar staff chatter. No guests at the pool. Was shown to the room up two flights of stairs so no elevators.
Let’s just say the rooms don’t live up to the expectations based on the exterior. Just adequate. No tea/coffee making facilities. No iron/ironing board. Slippers provided strangely enough but no bath robes? However they are clean and have lovely balconies overlooking Cala di Volpe. Strict rules about bringing food and drink into your room and hanging towels and swim wear over your balcony....which is fine as long as there is somewhere to dry them ? No laying on the grass too. The pool area is lovely with amazing views....however the water almost gave me a heart attack it was so cold, almost as cold as the atmosphere and the whole area was in shade by 3pm so no warming up either.
On the first night decided to eat in the hotel restaurant for convenience. Booked a table ahead for 8pm. Arrived dressed smart casual in polo shirt shoes and chino style tailored shorts only to be told by the waiter dressed in a white tux that it was house policy to wear long trousers. There were 4 other diners eating. Ridiculous! Made my feelings clear to the receptionist but not taken on board.
Moving on to “breakfast” again waiters in white tux take coffee orders. Usual set up of pastries and eggs and yoghurt. But this pastry table was different from others as it doubled up as a wasps nest!!!! There were literally dozens buzzing around over the food. The muffins and donuts were so stale they crumbled into dust. Bacon was a tepid sloppy congealed mess. Very disappointing considering all the faffing! Again no atmosphere no guests and silence.
Would not return or recommend. Hotel Petra Bianca you are not Sandy Lane! Stop imposting and just be the good 4* hotel that you could be!
This is a hard review to write as essentially, this is a nice hotel. The decor is nice and the style of building is nice. It's in a great location if you like beaches and the views from some areas of the hotel are amazing, plus the gardens are nicely kept and attractive. But that really is where the good comments end.
Firstly, you have to have a car. This hotel is located quite a way up a dusty, part un-made road which is uphill on the way to the hotel.
The staff were cold, unhelpful and hard to find. Im not exaggerating when I tell you that at times, we were stood in the lobby, on our own in total silence. No other guests. No reception staff. No bar staff? It was bizarre. Upon check in we were shown to our room by a member of staff who didn't offer to help with bags or speak to us on the way.
The swimming pool was so COLD, you couldn't swim in it. It was also dirty full of dead insects. After about 3 o clock in the afternoon, the pool and surrounding sun bathing area is in total shade. Again, it's silent. No staff. No background music and those few people around the pool were whispering to one another. Glasses left on side tables around the pool were not cleared....it was almost as though the staff couldn't bear to lower themselves to clear them.
The room. It was ok. Small with very basic facilities. Certainly not in keeping with the hotel. The balcony was nice and large though with nice views.
Breakfast - poor. Not sure why they bother really? Varitey packets of cereal. Biscuits, cakes, doughnuts....all of which were dry and bland. Luke warm coffee and a bit of fruit and pots of yoghurt. If you like your breakfasts, you'll be disappointed.
Dinner - you have to reserve a table, even though we didn't see more than 10 guests during the whole stay. We arrived and were promptly turned away as we didn't have pants (trousers) on. Now don't get me wrong, we were not told about this in advance. There is no mention of this on the website and believe me when I say we were still, very smart. Both of us had tailored shorts on. Shoes, not flip flops or trainers and both with long sleeved, collared shirts. But despite them only have 4 people that we could see eating in their restaurant, we were told we couldn't enter. We promptly left and went into Porto Cervo - a classy resort where we managed to walk into other restaurants without any problem.
Bar - there is one although I didn't see anyone ever having a drink there and I think i glimpsed the barman once. Never to be seen again.
This hotel is trying to be something it isn't. The staff walk around in their very smart uniforms, not doing much. The place is silent. You whisper around the pool. You whisper during breakfast......it feels as though you are being watched all the time to see if you live up to the hotel's standards....
RULES.....a whole list of them can be found in your room. Dont bring ANY food or drink into the hotel. DO NOT hang towels over the balcony to dry (despite not providing any other way to dry wet items of cloting and towels)...DO NOT sit or bath on the grass.....they go on and on.....
So basically, I wouldn't stay here again. I wouldn't recommend this hotel if you have children as they would be bored stiff and not very welcome in my view. I wouldnt recommend this hotel if you do not have a car. I would not recommend this hotel if you have any problem with abiding by rules, as you'll probably be turfed out for bringing a bottle of water into the hotel ground with you.
Stay here if you like peace and quiet and privacy as there is plenty of that and you can spend your time whispering whilst trying to look for other life forms.
We stayed at Hotel Petra Bianca for a long weekend. Our room was facing Cala di Volpe and we enjoyed a stunning view over the bay, especially at sunrise and sunset, so many photos taken!
We arrived at 9:15 in the evening after a full day at work and a flight and were still able to have a full dinner, thanks to the kindness of the lovely lady at reception and the staff at the restaurant. We sat by the windows and enjoyed the panoramic night view. What a wonderful end to the day.
Breakfasts are served in the restaurant with again the stunning view of Cala di Volpe. Great choice of food for every taste.
The hotel has a shuttle service but we did not use it as we wanted to tour the coast with a scooter.
Our room was small but clean and functional. We booked at the last minute, so did not have a big choice, our bad. The veranda with chairs and view was perfect to chill before going out in the evening. The staff was always available, incredibly friendly and professional. The location is absolutely stunning, highly recommended.
There are very few local amenities, so you will rely on the food and drink provided by the hotel and this was our first problem. The choice of food, particularly at lunchtime was very limited and overpriced. Breakfast was spoiled by too many insects on all of the buffet selection and drinks were too expensive.
With regards to service, we found the staff to be very unhelpful. At this point I would like to add that it was our honeymoon that we had chosen to spend at Petra Bianca. The staff were aware of this but we were still made to feel as though we were a huge inconvenience with every request. When asking for a sandwich to be made with brown bread as my wife cannot eat white bread for example, the member of the bar staff walked off to the kitchen huffing and shaking his head!?
It would seem to me that due to the very picturesque location, the staff felt as though their hotel was very superior and were very complacent with the service / manners, as though it was not necessary. This we found to be very arrogant and I have had better service at KFC and McDonalds.